One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Although we continue to run behind in our posting schedule, today is Edward Folger. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
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Edward Folger was born in New York City and studied Physics and Literature at Columbia University. He began making independent films in the mid-sixties and apprenticed with Alain Resnais, John Cassavetes, Milos Forman, and others. After writing and directing the feature Nanook Taxi for PBS in 1978, he moved to Baffin Island to work in video with the Inuit. He now lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and is on the board of the SAW Video Centre for Media Arts. He has been published frequently in the online journal Drunken Boat and his work was recently on exhibit in “H2O: Films on Water” at Great River Arts in Bellows Falls, VT.
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
I had a premiere screening of my film “The River of Life or the Case Against Certainty” at the Bytowne Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Feb. 29, 2012
What inspired you to write this story?
Witnessing the huge misunderstandings by Canadian Anglo-French people of the effects the imposition of their culture have had on the indigenous North Americans.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
The novels of Samuel Beckett, Thomas Pynchon, Leo Tolstoy. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne.
What are you reading now?
Limits to Growth: The 30-year Update
What are your current projects?
I am writing a screenplay set in the world of contemporary Inuit young people living in Iqaluit and Ottawa.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep working, keep submitting in the face of rejection.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Nothing that is not in the work. I believe that every work of art should contain everything it wishes to express.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
The years I spent devoting my energies to Inuit Land Claims and the establishment of the Nunavut Territory of Canada which was realized in 1999.
What inspires you to write and why?
The life-long experience and pleasure of reading. I want to carry that on for others.